Popular Portuguese junior competition is expected to eclipse participation record it set last year.
Entries are now open for the eighth edition of the Oceânico World Kids Golf Championship, with organisers predicting they will eclipse last year’s record number of 142 competitors.
The three-round strokeplay event runs from July 25-29 at the renowned Amendoeira Golf Resort on the Algarve in Portugal, with tournament rounds played on the Oceânico Faldo and Oceânico O’Connor Jnr courses.
With all the trappings of a professional tournament - such as international television coverage, live scoreboards, rules officials, ‘tour’ dress standards, a glamorous prize-giving function and world ranking points for the older categories - it’s no surprise that the entry list is filling up fast for this R&A-sanctioned event. Already, entries have been received from as far afield as Asia, while junior national squads from Portugal and Guernsey will be there to gain invaluable competitive golf experience.
The unique OWKG concept combines a serious golf tournament, open to both genders and ages from seven upwards, with a fun, family-friendly event.
A parent/child tournament kicks off proceedings on July 25, before the first two tournament rounds, a rest day, and then the last day of competitive golf on July 29. The under-10 players will play only nine holes per day and the younger golfers are also encouraged to let a parent caddy for them.
There are five age categories, and handicaps can range from positive numbers to 36 in the junior divisions. This means plenty of opportunities for any player to win prizes. The overall champion’s trophy goes to the player with the best gross total. Last year, Portuguese golfer Cristiano Marcela took that honour with a three-round score of 238, while Sara Gouveia’s 231 won the girls’ trophy.
Christopher Howell, the Oceânico Group chairman, commented: “This tournament is such an exciting one for both us and our competitors. There’s nothing quite like it in the world of golf, where juniors can travel to a competitive international golf tournament that has real gravitas and a keen competitive element, while at the same tim